A tender that does so much more.
Behold the pocket ski boat. That’s what Williams Performance Tenders is calling its latest line of rigid hull inflatable boats, or RIBs. The new Williams Sportjet 460 is 15 feet, 1 inch long (its sibling, the 520 is 17 feet, 1 inch) and it will do more than just get you to and from your big boat, because it’s not a dinghy — it’s a dinghy on steroids.
The 460 has been designed to function more like a standalone boat meant for waterskiing and wakeboarding. The rear sports platform provides a place for a skier to put on gear and jump in, or a place to land when exiting the water with the help of the hidden ladder. The expansive seating area has a backrest that serves both the driver and the spotter, who can sit facing aft, keeping an eye on the person on the tow line. The backrest is reversible, and when it is flipped, the seat transforms into a large sunpad.
The helm has a well-organized dash that is protected by a windshield, and there is storage below. An additional large locker is in the bow below the forward seat. From the helm seat to the back, the tubes are topped with stainless steel handrails for safety. That’s important, because the boat’s Rotax 4-TEC 150 hp jet-propulsion engine pushes it top a speed of 48 mph.
The windshield, removable ski pole, navigation lights and ladder are fitted as standard. However, if you really want to deck out your Sportjet, you can add LED lights, a Bimini, a dodger, a Garmin chartplotter and a Fusion audio system as options. You can even customize your Sportjet with color, because it is offered in Basalt Black, Electro Blue, Neptune Grey and Lava Red.
Even large yachts have limited room for tenders and toys, and more boat owners are looking for a tender to do double duty. With the Sportjet, you have a boat that will tow a skier,deliver divers and their gear to the perfect spot, and keep the kids entertained all afternoon on tubes and other toys. But never
forget that this is also a classy and fast tender that will serve the primary yacht in style.